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Tea Review: Adagio Fandom Teas – Gothic Charm School’ The Lady of the Manners



From the depths of the Gothic Charm School library, a tea that combines three of the Lady of the Manners’ favorite things: chocolate, roses, and black tea, with a smidge of cream tea to nicely round it out.

Couldn’t resist some new tea for my birthday, so I decided to try the Adagio Fandom tea sample tins.  One, for the fun of trying other people’s blends and two, for the cute reusable tins.  The art on this tin is from the Gothic Charm School site and book.

The aroma in the tin and in the cup with a splash of milk is delightful.  Creamy, not bitter with the roses coming out strong.  Tasted delicious with a biscuit.  At first taste, this is a keeper.  BONUS: this tea contains a high level of caffeine!

Support our spooky Aunt Jilli and try her signature blend.  This purchase also supports ChariTEA: Honeybee Conservancy


Posted February 12, 2018 by si in Personalities, Shopping



Black Moon Cosmetics has been striving since early 2015 to bring you quality products from the darker side to grace that beautiful face of yours! We’ve started our journey with our innovative Liquid Lipstick formula and are making our way to every part of the face! Always keeping in mind that our animal friends are family and we do not test, use animal-derived ingredients, or any ingredients that have been tested on our animal friends!

Starting the holographic craze, we’ve implemented pretty shiny things with our darkly personality and continue to push the boundaries with our “out-of-the-box” packaging — because who said glitter only goes with pink?! Our goal is to, not only appease your skin, but also your peepers with our elegant dark illustrations and art that graces our packaging! We will continue to bring quality, animal-friendly, innovative, and never before seen products with only the finest ingredients to our amazing moon friends. We will keep pioneering and pushing boundaries with our products and packaging all to see that gorgeous smile of yours!

We hope that you have already joined the Black Moon Cosmetics Moon Family and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your love and support.


Posted February 7, 2018 by si in Shopping, Uncategorized



Hello! I’m Whitney, owner/designer at Strange Women Society.

Strange Women Society was borne from my career as a graphic designer and my obsession with fashion, cats, mythology,and odd things.

Because the Strange Women Society believes in women supporting women $1 from every purchase goes directly to a woman-centric organization. Do you know of a great women/girls organization that could use extra support? Let us know!

Stay in the loop by joining me and the other strange ladies on Instagram and tumblr. Also, be sure to tag pictures of all the fun ways you’ve styled our clothes for a chance to be featured in our SWS Members section of our website and IG!

Thanks so much for all of your support!


Posted February 5, 2018 by si in Shopping, Uncategorized

Feb 17: Nocturna Valentine’s Ball w/ DJ Scary Lady Sarah (Chicago)

Nocturna, now in its 29th year, is an 18+ dark alternative dance night held once every other month (more or less) in Chicago. DJ Scary Lady Sarahspins a highly request-driven mix of current & classic goth, industrial, post-punk, deathrock, ethereal, shoegaze, new wave, ebm, darkwave, dark indie & more. Come dance until dawn!

*♥* For this Nocturna, the first of 2018, we present our annual “NEW LOVES & BROKEN HEARTS VALENTINE BALL” theme and will feature:

• Live free photo booth by the amazing GlitterGuts Photobooth (dress to impress- red & black!)

• The return of the VALENTINE’S MAILBOX GAME! Send your secret crush a message, anonymous or not (or just mess with your friends!) Free & running all night. ♥

• GIVEAWAYS for this night include:
– The brand new CD “GOD” by San Francisco seminal industrial bandXorcist
– Guest list spots to CyberFest Chicago featuring Covenant!!!
– Nocturna t-shirts;
– More to be announced

• VENDORS for this night include:

– Dreaded Jenocide: The Place for Lovely Spooky Things offering spooky barrettes, accessories, makeup, clothing, homewares & more!

– Ballion Design: Vintage silverware transformed into beautiful one-of-a-kind rings, earrings, and pendants

– Artist Angela Bachman of Grey Engel Artwork will have a selection of her beautiful prints on sale

– Art By Rembry: Various artwork: original paintings, drawings, art prints, sculptures, jewelry boxes, and magnets.

– NOCTURNA t-shirts & Scary Lady Sarah’s own “One Inch Worlds” pin badges

• Complimentary Valentine’s, candy & treats for all

• Total broken hearts/new loves decor (*wear red & black!*)

• Coat check will be open!

At Metro, 3730 N. Clark St, Chicago
11pm – 5am / 18+ / $10.

Thank you so much! Please help spread the word by sharing this event page- especially now that FB limits how many people one person can invite! Looking forward to seeing you there!!! 🙂 ♥

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Join the NOCTURNA FB group, too:

Nocturna is an American Gothic Productions event…
Specialists in Dark Nightlife…

Posted February 2, 2018 by si in Entertainment, Events, Music, Photographs, Shopping



The Small Beast is a line of esoteric themed jewelry hand made by Seattle based designer Shelby Lou Cypher. Formally trained in painting, Shelby’s love of tactile three-dimensional forms soon led her to sculpture and ultimately jewelry design.  Painterly techniques often find their way into pieces with hand applied patinas, tool marks, and varying textures pushing the material to it’s full potential.

Each one of a kind and limited run piece is created using carefully selected metals and natural elements to enhance it’s metaphysical associations. Minimalist designs join highly detailed hand sculpted pieces to form an eclectic and ever changing dark themed collection. Inspiration is drawn from ancient tombs, animism, folk magic, grey areas, dark corners and alien landscapes.

Posted January 31, 2018 by si in Shopping, Uncategorized



Gargoyles Statuary offers images and accoutrements rooted in antiquity and imagination — unseen things brought to light, to beautify, serve and protect — sacred, profane, whimsical or wicked, always with an eye to excellence.

Beyond the statues and figures, we also carry a wide variety of things in keeping with our spirit and standards, including: Birdbaths, fountains, planters and urns; sacred incense, luminous candles, alluring oils; Tarot decks; T-shirts, amulets, rosaries, articulated rings, and other jewelry and accouterments; and music and art by local artists.

We are always finding new things of interest — or they find us — so come to our Seattle store, and see what’s hanging around!

Posted January 29, 2018 by si in Shopping, Uncategorized

GigglesandHoots – Magical Garments and Accessories


Even though I had been sewing since I was very little, I didn’t know it was a skill. I sewed clothes for myself here and there, but nothing big. In 2010 one of my friends asked me to make her a couple outfits for Comicon and she loved them. That gave me a little bit of confidence. She introduced me to a theater company who needed a seamstress for an upcoming production, and I took the challenge on. Every actor complimented me on how great their outfits fit their bodies. More confidence built.

Then I started doing some odd jobs on Craigslist, some wins and some crazy people, as it often goes with Craigslist. One day my hubby came home from work with a Cobra Commander XXXL t shirt. All I could think was, “That will never fit me.” So, I cut it up and made a dress. It was really simple, I cut in the sides to give it a more feminine look, opened the neck and put a skirt with matching sleeves on it. The first time I wore it out, all my girlfriends wanted one! They asked why I wasn’t making them for everyone, and that was it. I knew then, that’s what I wanted to do. In 2011 I opened my Etsy shop. I started with only a couple tee shirts, but that grew quickly. In 2012 I started going to farmers markets and recieved a great response to my work. I picked up custom orders and made a lot of friends.

2015 marked the year of change for me. I love my tee shirt dresses, but I decided I needed to move to one signature dress versus many designs in different shapes and sizes. I chose a design that flatters all women. I am really excited about this new direction and can’t wait to share it with all of you!

2017 is showing even more growth and change! I’m heading out to special events and making new things with amazing spandex! Keep an eye on Etsy local for where to find me, and see my new fabric on Facebook @gigglesandhootsclothing

Posted January 22, 2018 by si in Personalities, Shopping, Uncategorized

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